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It's smoking in the front left but it isn't overheated, No.

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It's smoking in the front...
It's smoking in the front left but it isn't overheated
JA: Have you checked the coolant? Have you checked for a leak in the cooling system?
Customer: No. I just pulled in to work and while sitting there so a whiff of smoke. Checked the dash to see if overheating but it was okay there. Checked inside the hood and then saw the smoke.
JA: What is the model/year of your Nissan?
Customer: 2005 Nissan Quest
JA: Are you fixing your Quest yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I know nothing about fixing. I just am trying to figure what to do when I get off work.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No, other than that I've no problem
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Nissan
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Nissan Mechanic: david craig, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago
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Hi Im David, was there a distinct smell to the smoke? where in the front left was it coming from?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
In front of the battery but no smell
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
just trying to get an idea as to what it is. My funds today are limited so I'll not call this time
Nissan Mechanic: david craig, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

the site does that automatically. i didnt offer the call. sorry

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Nissan Mechanic: david craig, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

is it raining there? if so it could be that water got on something and its not a problem. if its not raining, was it near the coolant reservoir?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I put coolant in last evening before I drove home from work. I tried to see if it was still there this morning but it was too dark. I thought I'd check that later. However, the thermometer is showing normal. No it isn't raining and the smoke is on the other side as the coolant reservoir is on the right and the smoke seemed to be on the left maybe unless it drifted.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I don't have a mechanic I can go to tomorrow because the company I usually work with I cannot afford this week. I've taken cars to them forever but I'm kinda low on funds today. Just afraid that if something is drastically wrong and the car cannot drive I have no way to get to work next week.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
are you still there?
Nissan Mechanic: david craig, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

how often do have to put coolant in?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Every couple of months. Last night was the first in about 4-5 months. I check to see the level and then add to it.
Nissan Mechanic: david craig, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

ok

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Just wondering if the radiator could be overheating without the thermometer showing the problem?
Nissan Mechanic: david craig, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

im not going to be able to answer this. i am not going to guess. the radiator isnt overheating if the temp gauge is reading normally. you are going to have to run the vehicle with the hood open and stand there to see where the smoke is coming from. guessing doesnt fix cars.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Gotcha! I will do that cause it wasn't smoking while I was driving it here only when I parked I saw a whiff of smoke and then I opened the hood and saw smoke. I didn't put oil in last evening so I figured it wasn't and oil spill. I get back to you later if that's alright.
Nissan Mechanic: david craig, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

thats fine. ill be here

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Nissan Mechanic: david craig, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

any update?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I thought you had gone on. Anyway, it is Tuesday. Hardly used my car the whole weekend. On Sat morning I put more oil in the motor. Drove it today a fair distance. So far no smoke. Maybe it needed more oil. I hope so. On my return this evening driving back I will continue the watch. If no more smoke then it means it may have been running on dry. If it smokes again and I know it isn't because of a radiator or engine problem then I'll have to try to find out what else causes a white smoke from in front of the battery cage.
Nissan Mechanic: david craig, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago
Im very sorry but I'm on vacation and the sites mobile app will not allow me to see anything except you are waiting on a reply. Please request another expert so you wont need to wait until i get home. Thank you
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